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that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets president obama says he's willing to go it alone in syria but nevertheless congressional approval for a military strike. president putin dismisses claims that the syrian government's used chemical weapons is nonsense and demands that the u.s. provide proof. while a possible u.s. attack on syria sparks a wave of protests across the world with thousands taking to the streets in support of the country. for i am in moscow i met très a good to have you with us here on r t our top story president obama maintains he
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doesn't need u.n. authorization to launch an attack on syria as he sends strike plans to congress for approval the decision to punish damascus follows the publication of a u.s. intelligence assessment claiming the assad regime ordered a chemical weapons attack the report though contains only circumstantial evidence or he's a marine important i has the latest. u.s. president barack obama has announced something of a shift in strategy with respect to military intervention into syria now most of the world was speculating that washington would strike damascus within the next within the next twenty four to forty eight hours but on saturday afternoon president obama confirmed that the u.s. will take military action against syria but first the u.s. leader says he will seek authorization from congress speaking in the rose garden obama said that he believes he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress but he feels that going before congress having above public debate debate having
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a vote would make the country stronger if if there was actually a national conversation taking place about obama's intended military strike against syria now the u.s. leader says that he feels comfortable carrying out an attack against a syrian targets without the approval of the united nations security council u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says his plan military strike is not time sensitive that means that it could happen one week from now it could happen one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says the syrian government will pay consequences for allegedly carrying out a chemical weapons attack after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead it would
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be designed to be limited duration and scope now it's important to point out that the team of u.n. experts that have been investigating the august twenty first alleged chemical weapons attack just returned from damascus and have not yet concluded if chemical weapons were used the results of their findings may become known in the next few weeks while president obama is basing his judgment on is an independent investigation that washington has done into the alleged chemical weapons attack which blames the assad government for being behind it now president obama also said that the u.s. cannot raise its children in a world where we don't follow through on the things that we say president obama was for referring to his own statements and what he said a little over a year ago when he drew that proverbial red line in the sand about the syrian government using chemical weapons if they were to then they would be consequences
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now many experts believe that the u.s. president can't bluff he's in a position where he said what he said and now he has to back up his words or action already has a lot of naval power on standby in the mediterranean that was even before obama made it clear he wants to attack syria congress says it will decide on whether to use this military might when it returns from its recess on september ninth five american destroyers ready to attack when you orders given the u.s. says san antonio or ship with several hundred marines aboard also joining them late on friday obama said there'll be no boots on the ground in syria echoing earlier u.s. statements that the troops at sea will only stand by as a precaution the other five vessels though packs a major firepower each of them carrying up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles they can strike syria from a distance keeping the destroyers themselves safe away from the country's antiship missiles in response to the point of the u.s. navy syrian authorities say the army is now both allies for intervention or to use more if an ocean has more from damascus. if at the beginning of a bomb a speech i so that people looped nervous obviously frightened and
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why raid relief came to replace all these emotions all these feelings following a bomb a speech many say that congress is unlikely to approve military action against syria but even those who think that it could happen that congress does approve this strike against a country say at least it is not going to happen tonight but if we're talking about general mood in syria that public opinion is divided there are those who are afraid and frightened and they leave the country they pack their bags they send their families women and kids outside syria and they're following them themselves and there is another part of the syrian society they say we don't care we've been living under this pressure on to these dangerous highly unsafe and stable situation for more than two years and how if we didn't leave last year and two years ago why should we leave now so so u.s.
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administration officials say the president changed his mind at the last minute before making his announcement first obama wanted to take military action against syria without congressional authorization but the president appears to be under some public pressure at home from a public which does not share his confidence for the need for an attack on syria let's take a look at the latest numbers more than half of those americans who took part in a reuters poll didn't want intervention in syria only twenty percent were in favor of it whether assad should be attacked if he's implicated in chemical weapons use a little less than thirty percent of americans said yes meanwhile the possibility of a u.s. led intervention in syria sparked numerous protests and rallies across the world more than a thousand protesters in london chanted hands off syria that was before obama left no doubt that the country would be targeted similar scenes in germany about the same amount of antiwar activists there said only of solver in an independent syria free of foreign interference would make peace possible sentiment echoed in paris. and supporters of syria also out in force in turkey well president putin casts
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doubt on u.s. evidence that syrian forces used chemical weapons labeling the claim is nonsense he also cautioned the obama administration about the fallout of getting involved in syria militarily or to use john thomas has more on moscow's reaction. president vladimir putin spoke to reporters and bloody vostok here in russia and had some strong clear words about the situation in syria first of all he said all of this talk of strikes and military intervention from the west is he is certain because the syrian regime is making advances against the rebels and it's a tactic or a technique to try and turn the tide of the civil war in syria to the rebels side he also said that the idea of the government the assad regime using chemical weapons is absurd cityscape. syrian government forces are advancing in some areas they have surrounded the rebels to think that in such a time they would give
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a true code for those calling for intervention. now the president went on to say that of course russia is against the idea of weapons of mass destruction specifically chemical weapons and in this case and particularly that the global community needs to wait until the u.n. investigation team results are in and he says that at that time the global community can then discuss the situation and act in a lawful manner that any unilateral action would be against international law he also said that he was surprised about the situation last week in the british parliament where they debated and then voted down military action for the u.k. in syria he says that he was surprised but he was pleased and it shows that there are rational minds at play in the government and that that debate needs to happen he also appealed it to president obama not just as a president but as a nobel laureate winner of the nobel peace prize let's not forget that barack obama
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is nobel peace prize laureate of the tallest decade the u.s. has started several conflicts and various parts of the world but did that really solve any problems afghanistan iraq libya. there is no democracy then now which is what the u.s. claimed it tried to bring this new civil peace all balance all of these has to be taken into account before making the decision to stop bombing syria which will lead to civilian casualties so russia continuing to stand in their position that the world needs to wait for the u.n. investigation to take place the world needs to act globally it looks like now that president obama will be sending it back to congress and so we will wait to see if that spirited debate that happened in the in the u.k. parliament will also happen in the united states phyllis bennis director of the institute for policy studies explained earlier why she thinks the president decided and president obama decided to take the issue of syria airstrikes to congress.
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he was prepared to go without a united nations resolution which of course would make any military strike illegal but he was counting on certainly the brits he was counting on the u.k. to come on board i think he was quite blindsided by that decision by the british parliament and then to find out that nato said no and that the arab league said no france isn't quite enough as an international allies i think all of that plus the fact that almost two hundred members of congress have signed letters in recent days demanding that there be some consultation with congress the whole question of what happens the day after is not on the agenda we can say all we want our intention is a narrow targeted strike just a day or two this is not a major major military campaign well it's not a major kill military campaign until it is what is of course syria tries to
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retaliate against one of the u.s. warships that are off the syrian coast what if it tries to shoot down a u.s. plane what if it retaliates against israel what if it attacks a u.s. base in one of the neighboring countries all of these things would be then met by greater u.s. retaliation to that act we can't assume that the u.s. would take the position we didn't intend this to be more than a couple days we're not going to respond they would certainly respond and that threatens the whole possibility of the united states being pulled directly into this very complicated civil war inside syria so whatever happens it's going to be the people of syria who pay the final price are keeping our developments in and around the region bringing the latest updates on the syria situation as we get them still to come this hour ago. but you know so little discussion on the real state of gay rights in russia. after the country recently became a target of international criticism for its alleged discrimination of the community
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was. a boy and mayor of london accused of fail. homeless people in the city after a number of those sleeping rough continues to rise. and artie's lindsay friends on cloud nine if she takes the skies with an aerobatic steamer the international maxim air show after a short break stay with us. but he sees things that scientists people don't notice. these days. but he is things most people never to think call him disabled but he's the world's first deaf and blind doctor of science. professor i think the other civil of. the great life lived against the all that's.
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science technology innovation all the developments from around russia we've got the future covered. fourteen minutes past the hour thousands rallied in berlin to protest a russian law banning the promotion of gay lifestyles to those younger than eighteen echoing u.s.
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and european activists some protesters called for the boycott of the upcoming sochi winter games russia has been the focus of widespread criticism over the issue of gay rights in the country because of the legislation and with the new law now in place our culture correspondent martin anders takes a look at gay life in the russian capital. the real break by russia fights in the streets and melissa arrests for many around the world moscow brings images of snow spies violence and now extreme homophobia the new anti-gay propaganda law has certainly break night in the cold war hangups from decades ago on this time it's the l g b t community in the spotlight all the fights for equality and boycotts on sporting events can be justified it's important to note that moscow and many other major cities in russia do half thriving communities peter was named is a british ex-pat who told me how he feels about safety in the capital city so you've been living here for three years what are your experiences well being or
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a gay out expire in moscow i think it's to say i'm have any incidents living here and i don't know any friends that have any balance in the surveyor's all right i think they get violent clashes murders and ban parades there is widespread homophobia in russia discrimination is discrimination and needs to be a challenge but has the community become a scapegoat of anti russian propaganda and this tempers flare and protest tourism takes hold in london and new york are activists seeing the full picture. central station is a popular game nightclub such venues aren't in themselves a measure of freedom nor are they the benchmark of human rights and acceptance but they do give something of an insight into the reality of gay life here this isn't about promoting a positive image of russia it's about addressing the fact that even though gay rights are being squeezed and l.g. people have been abusing killed it is possible for young gay men and women to have
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a happy healthy and safe life here activists in the west are spoken out loudly in great numbers but is this about the crime or hate russia. this is not about defending russia's. there is any one side to equality but it is about understanding russia's history social behavior soviet mindset and the whole village it has over swathes of society and this one of the most misunderstood places in the world poland's policy remains a battle to be won for the rainbow flag stop lying. around various see. my colleague bill dodge shared a panel discussion on why russia is seemingly singled out for criticism when it comes to gay rights we have been accused of not covering this topic here on t.v. and just last week a freelance reporter by the name of james could
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a chick he brought certainly into the spotlight to me with great star one has to say and he says that he made a. few. twitter followers bump for him but to get to the point this by the way is our third panel on gay rights in russia but that's beyond the point curtsey came on to r.t. to let us know what he thinks about our coverage or lack thereof of the gay rights in russia and this is what happened you know being here on a kremlin funded propaganda network i'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders and going to speak out about bradley manning plus time because i don't i'm not really interested in talking about brad and i mention talking about the horrific environment of homophobia in russia right now and the russian gay people know that they have their friends and allies all right saying i'm sorry just got out. thank you. i only go on that station with the russians so i don't want to waste too much time my critic we did invite him to speak tonight he denied saying that he said in interviews around the world after this event that
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r.t. is not a legitimate news channel that he just believes it would be supporting putin and his mouthpiece and that he won't participate in discussions on our network to give it credibility but i think that we should not spend too much time talking about kirk and talk about the real issues absolutely we've invited peter tatchell who is with us now in london with regard to the anti gay law what it's basically says is that any information that makes homosexuality sound attractive or interesting or which says that homosexuality or heterosexuality is equally valid is illegal if a person under eighteen might witness it why shouldn't young people under eighteen know the facts of homosexuality and same sex love some of the moves. or if not they will drop to no gay people they should know the facts the truth not about sex but about love between people of the same gender but in a moment peter will be asking about the purpose of the store and what it means and
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what it's trying to achieve but you quite rightly point to homophobic violence in russia but of course it's not just a problem here in the country i just like to give you some statistics about the problems elsewhere around the world in the us for example sexual orientation ranks as the third highest motivator for hate crime incidents after race based on religion based attacks in new york alone and she gave crimes rose seventy percent this year according to local police let's look at the u.k. ninety eight hundred thirty can transpose be recorded each week across britain and compared to other types of hate crime the proportion of anti get attacked is on the rise too would you agree you're going to get a writes here in russia what's your experience going to be called a champion of the russian government or anyone here in the russian government i mean i'm just fighting for the rights i think the tabloids have to discuss something and that's what they have. been discussing for the last days but it was hijacked that i was tortured that i have been. harassed by everyone and so on yes it's absolutely true that my flight was
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a raided by the police on tuesday because of the case of. the russian duma and it was really not a very pleasant. experience what happened during but it doesn't stop me of a phobia is rife in this country one hundred percent true what i find it culturally interesting is that what is the why is the focus on russia when there are seventy six countries around the world that you know how far west laws to death penalty etc and i get messages every single day from people saying how could you live in moscow the reality is that if two tourists or americans come to moscow they have come and say that sense just like they will in any other country they will be safe whole picture is absolutely exaggerated it's not what they report is absolutely not true what they're saying is that basically everyone is being killed on the streets here one of my friends i don't. know what i mean i want to say i mean we i want what we want to say i'm here i mean i'm absolutely involved in all the public at t.v. you know i probably want to i don't know not being rated by the police why am i not
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running a role why am i not now in new york why am i not now in london when i'm here in moore school in your studio fighting for your rights and talking about it right that's what i want to say absolutely and it's proof you're here and it's proof it's very happy to talk about it. for you know some international headlines this hour yemen's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in the capital gunman opened fire on mohammad was motorcade before fleeing the scene according to one of it is advisors no one was injured during the assault yemen struggling against a wave of deadly violence from militants affiliated with. at least fifteen people died in china following a leak of liquid ammonia at a cold storage plant in shanghai twenty five others injured in the incident with some reportedly in serious condition authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the leak industrial accidents common in china due to poor work safety standards. in paraguay a bus drivers and
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a woman nailed themselves to crosses after they were fired from their jobs demonstrators said they were sacked after asking their employers for better wages and conditions it's their third week of protest and its plan to last another three weeks london's mayor seems to have failed to deliver on his promises to battle homelessness in the city in five years since he's been in office the number of people sleeping rough has only grown higher sarah for ports. the charity nightwatch head out on their nightly run distributing food to london's homeless no one knows exactly how many people are homeless in the capital but one thing that's agreed upon and that is that the numbers are increasing it's gone up from thirty people to fifty six to seventy. you can see a large number of people have gathered here to use night. more all of the people who are here. but a number of them are when london mayor boris johnson came to office in two thousand
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and eight he pledged to end rusty playing by thousand and twelve not only does he not hit that target but rust leaping numbers have increased every year he's been in office a londoner promised to be radical that's the thing but i think. yeah. it's very difficult. although it's. a problem people are doing anything about homeless database change shows a rise from three thousand four hundred seventy two people when the mayor came to power to six thousand four hundred thirty seven sleeping rough last year but the mayor's office insists it's not all bad news and the increase in numbers isn't party to an increase in funding longer hours on the streets rat reach teams mean more people than ever before being identified and now eight out of ten new sleepers
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lanie spend twenty four hours on the street yet despite the increase in funding many of the people here have been sleeping rough for months. on the street and in your dreams. that doesn't have. a lot of them are problems before. the council please. it's good that i'm doing something right i get the police from going to madrid annoying. twenty two year old silas doesn't want his face he tells us he often sleeps in a car park nearby it's a complex story silas tells us that he has had some contact with that we each greats operating in the area but he hasn't yet got benefits and therefore can't get into council accommodation to get rid of. the local outreach team have told us that they're looking into the side this is case his just one of thousands of the
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homeless in the capital this is the face of london's famous in twenty thirteen and it seems it's an increasingly young one sarah. london for them some thrills and spills from the world's finest pilots at russia's maximization to show the best daredevils didn't need an injector seat or a supersonic jet engine or his losing friends has more. it's not the size of the engine that matters it's how you use what you've got that's what the pilots of first flight rushes only aerobatics team using propeller plane say no jet engines here no mach two or eject buttons just good old fashioned pistons and plenty of guts at air shows like max these pilots may no longer be the main attraction but propeller planes were the first to take on aerobatics and they plan to stick around. on main goal is to show everyone how beautiful flying can be
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and to demonstrate the potential of these planes and popularize aerobatics though these planes may not be so big and powerful they have great potential. reminiscent of the barnstormers of the one nine hundred twenty s. in america this team's planes are equipped with smoke systems that we've patterns in the skies piloting on a stunt team is still a man's world but irina mark over is one russian woman breaking that mold. people often ask me how i feel different from the male pilot but i just assume that flying planes makes us the same i feel complete freedom in the skies it is believed there are six degrees of freedom but in reality it seems to be much more up there that is how free you feel. making it look easy is part of the job and world champion aerobatics pilot. insists that means his mood has to be put to one side when he takes the controls. the. most important thing when you do
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a great flight is to follow the guidelines and express your emotions be they sad or happy only after you land and turn off the engine during the flight you have to be calm focus on performing the elements flawlessly and stay safe so if you is going to have fun. of course just watching isn't enough so off i went in a bright shiny yak fifty two with irina at the controls and a leisurely two hundred kilometer per hour cruising speed it was clear that for the pilots it's more about finesse than g. force lindsey france r.t. moscow. and our online team got some of the best moments of the skies you can see the photos on our website right now in visual section. up next from contemplating suicide to becoming a renowned professor of psychology we take a look at the path of one extraordinary man after a short break stay with us. sometimes
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it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power can really do against the system but you never dull in fact if you remember tour discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well shift jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist portrayal of russians of the game company of heroes two well all the rage actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the change dot org petition that game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing
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is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash flow they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's. by opinion. polls. the. think. the old. it's too late for me.


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